Parish Priest

A message from our new administrator Rev. Fr. Phan Nguyen

My dear people of God,

The motto for my ordination is taken from the beautiful words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta saying, “Let every action of mine be something beautiful for God”. Let it be so! I am trying my best to live up this motto which I have chosen for myself. However, If I solely act on my own, I will not be able to achieve a good end. I need a community of faith collaboratively working with each other in bringing the love of God to ‘the end of the earth’. This is an emphasis on a collaborative work on the proclamation of the truth.

I humbly stand before you as a great sinner who needs supports and intercessions before God. At the same time, I stand before you as a spiritual leader who needs the wisdom from God and the collaboration of the community in which others may find faith-encouragement, support and consolation.

It is a short while since I have been at this lovely parish. I however can see a potential of growth in faith and numbers. This is indeed and community of good will. I can see people in this parish showing great reverence for the Lord during the celebration of the sacrament of the Eucharist and in the Church.

If a leader who has a real love for Christ which is the sacrificial love for the sheep, he then must surrender his own safety for the safety of others. Our Lord Jesus Christ indeed is a good model for this. I humbly ask you to pray for me that I may have the same courage to sacrifice my own security for your security, the life in the presence of God.

I hope that this motto of mine can become the ‘vision’ for this parish. We together will share not only our faith but the action of faith to a wider community. I thus encourage all of you seriously taking parts in this endeavour of making a difference, so that we may become “salt of the earth”.

Rev. Fr. Phan Nguyen

A Prayer for our Parish Priest:

God, eternal Shepherd,
you have chosen your servant Father Phan Nguyen
to watch over us your flock
and to pastor our Church in Daceyville.
Help him to respond without reservation
to your call, “Follow me.”
Among us and for us,
may he be a faithful teacher,
a wise administrator, a friend, and above all a holy priest.
Enrich him with the gifts and virtues of a true apostle,
for the good of your people.
May he, and all those in his care,
show forth the living presence of Christ in the world’
and come to the joy of everlasting life.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.